North of Scotland Schools Debating Final

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Charleston Academy had the honour of hosting the 24th Final of the North of Scotland Schools Debating Competition on Friday evening. This prestigious debating competition has been running since 1993 and is sponsored by Norwell who fund transport costs for students and staff during the heats and the costs of the final. All the schools taking part are indebted to Norwell for their support of this competition.

On Friday, six teams debated to win the prestigious John Alan Cameron Quaich. The Motion was “This House Believes the USA is still Awesome”.

While the judges thought the teams might have used more humour, the standard of debating was very high. Winners this year were John Bonsall and Matthew Angell from Forres Academy. However Charleston were runners up in a very close competition with Jemimah Morris (6L) and Katie Stark (6K) receiving the runners up Salver.

The other schools who reached the final this year were Glenurquhart High School, St Margaret’s School for Girls in Aberdeen, Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen and Nairn Academy.

The Chair of the Debate was Calum MacSween, former HT at Charleston Academy and latterly Head of Education at Highland Council.

The Presiding Judge was Laurence Findlay, Corporate Director of Education and Social Care at Moray Council. Other judges were Dr Nanette Milne (former Conservative MSP for North-East Scotland); Mr Lewis Keller, Miss Jayne Stuart and Mrs Kate Imlah.

Afterwards Charleston Academy hosted a fabulous cheese and wine (for adults!) and buffet reception. Well done to Ms Pam Carmichael, Mr Neil MacGregor and Dr Greg Cambell who organised the debate and reception at Charleston Academy. It was fantastic to see a large turnout of supporters and guests who witnessed a very high standard of topical debating.

Prizes were presented by local Highland Councillor Graham Ross who said afterwards:

“The standard of the debate was absolutely first class and hotly contested by all the speakers. The topic was “This House thinks that the USA is awesome.” What was awesome were the young students who were cool, calm and composed as they delivered their arguments for and against the motion.
Congratulations to Forres Academy who were overall winners with Charleston Academy coming in runners up.
One thing is for sure after witnessing this event……the future is very bright!”

Rotary Masterchef Finalists

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Well done to Niamh Clark (4T1) and Cedes Wittke (4T1). Both girls were runners up in the Rotary Club of Inverness Culloden Masterchef Competition 2016. Only three schools reached the final – Millburn Academy, Culloden Academy and Charleston Academy. Millburn Academy won but Charleston Academy did well to have two outstanding young chefs reach the final which was held in UHI on Tuesday evening.


Art Exhibition

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On Tuesday 15th of November Charleston Academy held its annual S1 Art Exhibition in the school’s assembly hall, where senior students also exhibited a small collection of their Photography work. As well as giving the exhibited artwork well-deserved recognition there was also a variety of stalls run by pupils and other members of our community.

Mr David Hay’s string group and Mr Ross Fairfield’s piano pleasantly accompanied the evening with soft music played throughout alongside saxophone performance from Jemimah Morris.

As well as an overall winner, prizes were also given for most creative, best use of colour, best use of pattern and best composition. The artwork was judged on the Monday morning before the event by Rector Mr O’Neill, Art Portfolio Students Beth Fraser (6T) & Jodie Keiro-Kirk (6L) and friend of the school Highland Hubs Art Manager, Stacey Toner.

Cara Gourlay (1S1) was awarded as the overall winner; Arran Kennedy (1S2) was presented best composition. Best use of colour was given to Neive Rodden (1K), best use of pattern was awarded to Paul Stuart (1S1) and Joshua Williamson (1K) was awarded with the most creative.

A special thank you to Mrs Kate Morris and other members of the Parent Council for supporting this event every year with such enthusiasm. A total of £220 was raised for Parent Council funds. Further special thanks goes to all the local businesses for their generous donation of prizes: Tesco Inshes, Harry Gow, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, ScotMid, Landmark, SoCoCo, and Rajah Indian Restaurant.

This event continues to inspire me; the truly outstanding work produced this year’s S1 cohort was a joy for the Art Teachers to showcase. We are extremely proud of our S1 and senior students who continue to achieve in Art daily.

Mr Derek Sim, Acting Principal Teacher Art and Design

“… … Ban All Referendums”

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Thursday evening saw eight debaters clash at Charleston Academy in the first round of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament.

Two teams from Charleston Academy proposed the motion This House Would Ban All Referendums and they were opposed by two teams from Thurso High School.

Following two intense exchanges, and two fascinating accompanying floor debates, Morvern Carmichael (5S2) and Samantha Cochrane (5T) progressed through to the second round. Cameron Cochrane (4T2) and Rosie Gittings (3T2) were unfortunately defeated by a narrow margin but gained valuable experience. All spoke well, communicating quickly and clearly on a complex topic, and were a credit to the English department and the school.

Abigaile Roebuck (1L1) participated in the floor debate and was selected by organisers the Law Society of Scotland as providing the best audience question. She will receive a book token and offers a bright hope for future debating success.

Abigaile Roebuck (1L1)

Abigaile Roebuck (1L1)








Well done all and good luck to our girls for the second round!

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department

View the BBC Children in Need Choir

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Just in case anyone missed the Children In Need Choir you can view the rehearsals and the final performance on this link to BBC iPlayer.

The Scottish Choir this year was made up of schools from around Inverness who all travelled to Glasgow to perform live on Friday night. Rehearsals took place during November in Charleston Academy’s Hall where our own choir was joined by Cauldeen, Drakies and Merkinch Primary Schools, among others. Well done everyone.

The footage begins at 14 mins 30 secs into the programme and lasts until 22 mins 30 secs. And they sing out the programme from 55 mins too, where Charleston Academy’s Robert Thorne (4S) and Drew Pimm (1L1) perform solo pieces.

Robert Thorne (4S)

Robert Thorne (4S)

Drew Pimm (1L1)

Drew Pimm (1L1)



Donald Dewar Debate

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This House Would Ban All Referendums

The first round of the Donald Dewar Speaking Competition takes place At Charleston Academy this evening. We have two teams entered in this new speaking competition. Good Luck to Cameron Cochrane and Rosie Gittings and also Morvern Carmichael and Samantha Cochrane.

The motion for the round tonight is “This House Would Ban All Referendums”. Best Wishes.

Remembrance Sunday

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Senior Prefects were honoured to have been asked to read out the Kohima Epitaph and Binyon’s Words on behalf of the Royal British Legion. Depute Head Girl Jemimah Morris and Depute Head Boy Daniel Lamont did the readings at the War Memorial at Cavill Gardens on a very wet Sunday afternoon. Our Head Boy Liam MacLeod and Head Girl Siobhan Gebicke-Kerr had done the readings on Friday 11th at HQ and on Sunday laid a wreath on behalf of the school at the War Memorial.

BasketBall Success

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Under 15 Girls Match

After registration at 9:00am on the 9th of November the Charleston Under 15s girls basketball team set off towards Skye. The team included both 2nd and 3rd years in hope for a win. We planned to play at Portree High School against the ‘Uist Otters.’ The team of 12 as well as Mr Sharkey and Mrs Cameron set off in a joyous manner on our way to the match, as there was plenty of singing involved. A pit stop half way was needed for a quick drink and to stretch our legs. The excitement was building up along with some nerves hoping for a good end result.

Our top scorer was Kira Buchan, though she was also our top fouler, with 3 fouls and 12 baskets. Emily Hunter had 4 baskets and Niamh Purvis and Kayleigh Noble had 2 each.

Emily and Kira stayed on the court for the whole game while the other 11 subbed on and off. Diane Stout, Ellie Maclean and Lexie Leaver for the first 4 minutes. Florrie Malcolm, Niamh Campbell and Georgina Barras for the second 4 minutes. Fiona MacDonald, Charlotte MacWilliam and Kayleigh Noble for the third and finally Isabella Edwards and Niamh Purvis for the last with Kayleigh staying on. This repeated for the second half and for the last few minutes of the game Kayleigh, Florrie and Niamh P staying in with Emily and Kira for the last few minutes.

Coming up to the last few minutes the opposing team were gaining on us as we were in the lead and it was intense for not only the players but to the spectators as well. At the final minute we were defending the basket because if they scored they won but we just managed to pull through. The final score came with a win for Charleston of 40-39, very close indeed. It was with very happy hearts we left Skye and stopped for dinner in Kyle and after that the long journey home.

Big thank you to Mr Sharkey for driving us to Skye and being a very fair referee and to Mrs Cameron for being a great coach.

Lexie Leaver (3T1) and Fiona MacDonald (3S2)

lexie-leaver-3t1 fiona-macdonald-3s2